HIAS – Project Officer, LGBTQ Pilot Project (Kenya).

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HIAS is an international not for profit organization with a vision for a world in which refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers find welcome, safety and freedom. HIAS operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through protection, resilience, economic inclusion and provision of durable solutions.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights and social and economic rights including through 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.

The overall goal of HIAS’ global GBV Prevention and Response programming is for forcibly displaced refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities to pursue their potential and to access their human and legal rights, free from violence and oppression. This means HIAS GBV programming works to ensure;

(1)   Forcibly displaced women, girls, sexual and gender minorities face a reduced risk of GBV,

(2)   Survivors of sexual and physical violence have access to coordinated psychosocial, health, and legal services,

(3)   Family, community, and institutions support refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in accessing and using their rights.

HIAS uses a survivor-centered, community-based approach. Our programs consider the voices and needs of survivors and prioritize their leadership in program design and implementation. HIAS works with   communities’ natural systems in order to optimize support for survivors, building partnerships to promote and protect the rights of survivors, women, girls, sexual and gender minorities. This approach enables HIAS to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors; facilitate their access to appropriate care; and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate or condone violence against women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in the community.

HIAS seeks to recruit a Project Officer who will pilot a project that seeks to:

(i)    Increase solidarity between the LGBTQ host community and LGBTQ refugees in Nairobi

(ii)   Provide information on GBV prevention and response services to LGBTQ community in Nairobi

(iii) Foster stronger ties between LGBTQ refugees from different countries residing in Nairobi

<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and facilitate solidarity forums of Kenyan and refugee LGBTQ community members
  • Organize Information Fairs for LGBTQ refugees
  • Facilitate emergent collaborations of Kenyan and refugee LGBTQ community members
  • Assist in protection mainstreaming by providing insight in protection interventions for the LGBTQ population  
  • Facilitate access to local support networks within the Kenyan LGBTQ community 
  • Maintain and develop relationships with Key stake holders and partners to advocate for rights of refugees  
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation program with partners for protection, medical and psychosocial needs of the LGBTQ refugees  
  • Enhance community based protection mechanism and support for the vulnerable LGBTQ community including LGBTQ survivors of SGBV  
  • Increase knowledge and exposure of the Kenyan LGBTQ movement to the LGBTQ refugee problem thus awakening their concern for a broader approach in their advocacy and future programming. 
  • Assist in qualitative vulnerability assessments through Focus Groups Discussions/ Community Dialogues (Tango Talks) to better understand the risks of GBV and map out service support structure for LGBTQ SGBV survivors 
  • Process referrals for support services for SGBV survivors to other agencies.
  • Conduct timely follow up on referrals and support services provided to LGBTQ SGBV survivors, ensuring that the survivors receive the assistance recommended
  • Contribute in the development of project proposal, concept notes and sector publications  
  • Perform other duties as and when required

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Gender Studies, Community Development, Legal Studies and/or other related fields of study

Desirable Experiences

  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ previous job experience related to LGBTQ protection.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with LGBTQ refugees who are survivors of SGBV
  • MUST have a demonstrated understanding of diversity and inclusion for persons of diverse Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SSOGI). 
  • Good knowledge of Human Rights Doctrines  
  • MUST have experience with operationalizing SGBV principles, knowledge of International humanitarian standards for SGBV prevention and response.  
  • Experience working with persons of diverse Sex, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SSOGI). 

Required Skills and Competences

  • Proficiency in English and Swahili
  • Computer literacy is a must, with strong knowledge of Access, Excel and Word
  • Ability to work in a team, maintain confidentiality and respect for diversity, uphold integrity, respect and accountability
  • Self-starter with an ability to work with minimal supervision in a culturally diverse team
  • Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders
  • Ability to maintain one’s composure while under pressure

How to Apply

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Kindly indicate your current and expected salary on your application.

Deadline for Receiving Applications: 20th January 2020

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered.

HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.

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